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Manchester United must not give up in race to sign Juventus star

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Vidal could be the perfect player for Moyes.
Vidal could be the perfect player for Moyes..

Let me just begin here by quickly extending by praise and congratulations to one David Moyes.

The Scot has been under constant pressure and has suffered multiple bouts of cruel misfortune since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, yet his recent capture of playmaker Juan Mata deserves credit.

Although he did not appear to encounter too much resistance from Chelsea during such a pursuit, Moyes was evidently desperate to exercise his authority with a major marquee signing that would drastically improve his squad and Mata - who joined for a reported fee of £37.1m - is exactly that.

However, while Moyes should certainly be pleased with himself in this instance, he cannot afford to rest on his laurels and naively assume that Mata, unquestionably an immensely-talented individual, will act as the solution to all of Manchester United's problems.

Scouring over Manchester United's lineup from last night's 2-0 victory over Cardiff City at Old Trafford and it is painfully evident to see where Moyes' weak link remains - the centre of midfield.

Now, while there have been several names mentioned in connection with the club over the last few weeks that could certainly shore up the area, there is one in particular that stands head and shoulders above the rest - Arturo Vidal.

The Juventus midfielder is exactly what Manchester United require, there is simply no other way of putting it. With a tenacious attitude, quality on the ball and an obvious ability to provide quality from box-to-box, he just fits the bill down to an absolute tee.

Yesterday, however, any hopes that Manchester United may have had of agreeing some sort of deal for Vidal appeared to be extinguished when the player announced his intentions to stay in Turin for the foreseeable future.

At present, it is perhaps not too hard to see why he might prefer to stay at Juventus - who appear to be heading comfortably towards another Serie A title while the Red Devils are struggling to even secure Champions League qualification - rather than move to Old Trafford.

However, despite this, Moyes should not be deterred and must not give up. Vidal is too good and just too perfect a fit for the current Manchester United side that admitting defeat is simply not an option.

If Vidal intends to stay put for the current window, then Moyes should angle for a summer switch when the Chilean international could presumably be far more open to the prospect of a new challenge.

In that respect, much could depend on how Manchester United finish this difficult season. Mata's arrival should provide an enormous confidence heading into the final months of the campaign and such confidence should, with any luck, transpire into improved performances in the latter half of the campaign.

Moyes has made that first, morale-boosting signing and deserves immense credit for pulling it off. But he must not let it be the only one. Vidal is the man he should be focusing his attention on. If he were able to seal that particular deal, his reputation would surely receive an enormous boost.

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